REVIEW: We Are the Brennans

“Shame and guilt are like plagues. And we Irish wield them like weapons and wear them like medals.”


I spent my last SelfCareSunday with The Brennans! It was a lovely read for a Sunday afternoon. The Brennans are your typical dysfunctional Irish family who love and are devoted to one another and yet all have a desire to break free and find their own success.

I know I’m the last person in the world to read this book that was so buzzy a few months ago. I wasn’t planning to pick it up but I was lucky enough to get sent an ARC from Celadon Books. I’m actually so glad I did. I really enjoyed the story of an Irish family are all trying so hard to be their best selves and yet have made missteps they are unwilling to share with their family members. Fear of judgment or self preservation, trying to spare one another’s feelings… you name it. While the story was filled with secrets that defined them, there was such a raw truth to it that made the characters so compelling.

Ahhhhh also, it was the one time I wanted an epilogue!! Usually I’m staunchly against such things, but this time while the story ended perfectly… I wanted just a small glimpse into the future for these characters. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thanks so much to Celadon Books for the gifted copy. All opinions above are my own.

Have you ever tried one of these bubble masks? They are so ticklish and yet your skin feels so good afterward! What do you do for self-care?

Published by openmypages

I am the Vice President of Clinical Affairs for a medical device company where my job is to promote the utility of the device to doctors. I have science and business degrees and have editorial experience in medical communications. In college, I served as an Editorial Assistant for a healthcare communications company and have served on two editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals. In my free time, I always have a book in my hand... or two or three! On average, I read 20 books a month. I have looked to combine two of my skill sets to review on Goodreads and promote books on Instagram that I love to other readers. I'm open to partnering with publishers as an influencer for book tours, giveaways etc.

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